Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by ElSid:
3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Beers of California
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A: Topped with a creamy white foam, this brew appears amber brown with honey hues in the glass.
S: Earth, sugar, and honey hold steady as pine and citrus aromatics jet forward attacking the nostrils.
T: As with the nose, the malt presence here is substantial with honey sweet breadiness along with toffee and caramel notes. There is also strong pine and tangerine citrus notes that build to an earthy, syrupy bitterness. The alcohol comes through in the finish but remains balanced with the component flavors.
M: Medium to full with a robust syrupy linger and ample supporting carbonation.
O: Pegged as a strong ale but reminiscent of an American barleywine, this beer is well executed showcasing wonderful and synergistic malt and hop characteristics. In the "Big Brother is Watching" age that we live in, this beer is a reminds us that we can still be true to ourselves.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2013 03:21:04 | More by ElSid
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3.69/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle poured into my Short's goblet. Bottled dated 67th day of 2014, so March 7th after a bit of Googling. I tried this beer once a while back and I really enjoyed it, so it'll be interesting to see how it's held up (in a refrigerated cooler) for the last few months.
UISDA pours a coppery, brassy orange out of the bottle and settles a little deeper in the glass with a predictable amount of head on the forced pour. The first thing I'm reminded of is a strong doppelbock with its deep ocher tone, limited translucency, and all-around prosaic appearance. The foam is off white, just a tinge of brown, and lingers on top of the beer in a thin layer in the middle of the surface and a thick band around the periphery. Some carbonation evident. This is an utterly "blah" beer, nothing special, nothing wrong, just plain.
The smell, by contrast, is relatively complex. The first thing I detect after a swirl and a deep whiff is hops, nothing citrusy or juicy, but dank and meaty, almost like a mosaic and nugget hop ate a piece of bacon before they were added to the boil. Speaking of pork, there's an almost spicy quality to the aroma too, like pepperoni, or even marijuana. There's little beneath the hop aroma, which is interesting considering that this is an aged specimen.
This relative dearth in the aroma carries through to the taste, which makes me suspect that this beer is better fresh. A hint of sugar presents itself, which makes me question the yeast strain; following it is a burst of bitter hop aroma, which doesn't pair well with the underlying sweetness from the alcohol and the yeast strain (Belgian pale, or something?). The combination yields a bitter citrusy flavor, like licking your fingers after handling a lime or the worst kind of grapefruit. In all, the taste is thin and one-dimensional.
Thinness, of course, is the enemy of mouthfeel. Bitterness is a close second. Unfortunately, UISDA presents both of these characteristics, leading to a less than desirable drinking experience. Despite the high alcohol content (which isn't part of the dramatis personae), the mouthfeel is thin and the ingredients are bitter.
UISDA is an interesting, but ultimately unconvincing experiment. There are a lot of styles being thrown around here, including DIPA, American Barleywine, and Weizenbock, which I assume is what led the brewers to label it as the nebulous "Strong Ale." Despite my negative comments, I'd like to revisit this beer afresh when it's less than a month old, as I think the desired flavors will be more present. Still, I expected better shelf-life from a 4-month-old, refrigerated, 9.5% ABV beer from an otherwise excellent brewery.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:15:40 | More by JamesShoemaker
Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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